Sunday, October 18, 2015

Things I Learned @ Kern Tech Fest

I met Alice Keeler she was the keynote speaker.  I was super excited to hear her speak and we took a group picture with her at the end of the day.  I follow her on twitter and continue to learn from her on a daily basis because she is all about GAFE and I love GAFE.

The first session I went to wasn't new information to me because I've played with chromebooks and have used GAFE with them.  During this session, I found myself wanting to answer some of the questions people were asking.  I thought oh my would I be able to do a presentation in the future.  

However, during my third session, I learned about three new websites: Kahoot, Quizizz and Formative.  They are all great resources for checking for understanding in a fun new way through technology.  My favorite was Kahoot and I was so excited to learn all about it.  The person presenting had us play a few rounds and I couldn't stop thinking how I would use it on Monday in class.  

For my last session, I went to a Google Chrome presentation.  I wasn't sure what it was going to be about but Hans Tullman was presenting so I new I would learn a lot and have fun.  I learned some bookmarking tips such as "command D", folders (if you know me you know I love folders for organization), and special settings.  

I hate to admit this but I didn't know about Google Extensions.

My favorite extensions were scissors, google shortening, and bitmoji.  I shared them with my grade level the day I went back to work and they were in awwww.  I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed spending a Saturday learning more about technology.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015


The ability to take such great video on a phone amazes me. I remember growing 
up with my dad having a hug video recorder that sat on his shoulder.  Looking back I can't believe how big it was.
Today I was putting my daughter to bed and after story time she said my turn to read.  I said one second I need to get my phone.  It literally took me one second and I was ready to record.  I now have a video of my daughter that will last forever.  I love how she read the title and then said by Tad Hill.  She also used her finger to track the love love!

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Kern Tech Fest

So we are officially on break, I know Cynthia and I are EXCITED!
I'm excited to have some time to spend with my daughter who turns 4 years old this week.  My in-laws will be arriving this week as well for a visit from Kentucky.  This week is also my 10 year wedding anniversary.  So it is definitely a week filled with family and celebration. 

Even though this week will be filled with family time, my week is also filled with homework, lesson planning and the Kern Tech Fest.  This weeks homework is focused on Google and I must say I LOVE Google Apps for Education.  

I simply can't wait to attend the Kern Tech Fest.  Alice Keeler will be the keynote speaker and I am so excited to be there.  I follow Alice on twitter and I have learned so much from her.  I am currently working on figuring out my schedule for the day of the Tech Fest

I'm also working on my lesson plans for next week but I know after the Tech Fest I will likely be adjusting  my lesson plans.  Always excited to learn and grow professionally!
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Saturday, September 26, 2015


Today's assignment was to make a short 60 second video on some EdTech hot topics.  I decided to use a trailer in iMovie to create my assignment.

If you have never used iMovie, I highly recommend trying to make a trailer.  With trailer option in iMovie, I was given music and pre-set template for text, video and pictures.  I was able to create my assignment after a few edits to picture sizing and typing in my titles.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Created a Digital Story

So a few weeks ago, I started my journey towards a Masters in EducationalTechnology.  For one of this week's assignments, I had to create a digital story.  I had never really thought about creating a digital story.  So I took some time and watched a few.   I really enjoyed watching many of them.  Our assignment asked that our digital story be compelling and personal.  I decided to use iMovie for my assignment.  I had played with iMovie but never really created anything with it and had never recorded my voice.  I found iMovie to be very user friendly when recording my voice.  It was simple to start, stop, delete and repeat.  

I decided to make my digital story on suicide awareness because that is something that is personal and something I believe can be compelling. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Drawp for Schools App

We love Drawp for Schools

In March, we got to attend the CUE Conference in Palm Springs.  We found the Drawp for Schools booth and have been hooked ever since.  Ana Albir the creator of Drawp for Schools was at the conference and we got to meet her.  Ana took the time to walk us through the app and what it all has to offer.  We also got to meet Greg Currie who has helped us week after week with any questions or concerns we may have.  
We knew we had to try it out.  
Ana is AMAZING!  She said all she needed was our class lists and she would have the student accounts created and we would be ready to start our 30 day free trial.  Ana had the accounts created within hours and has continued to be available whenever we need some help.  

Drawp for Schools has allowed us to build collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking.  We think it's easy to find learning games but we want to find iPad apps that help students build creativity and produce work.  Drawp has significantly decreased the amount of worksheets we use in our classrooms.  We can very quickly take a picture of any worksheet we may have and insert the picture as an assignment.  

Drawp for Schools connects with Google Drive and Dropbox making things easily accessible.  Teachers can share work and assignments with students, teachers and parents.  The students themselves can easily send their completed work to teacher and parent within seconds.  

Below is a an image of all the key features used within Drawp.
We can talk about Drawp for School for days.  We look forward to using it this coming year with our kindergarteners and 1st graders.  If you have any questions, please leave a comment or email us at
Twitter: @DrawpEdu

Friday, June 19, 2015

Augmented Reality in the classroom

Hello all!
I am so excited to be writing my first post! ever! on a blog! My older sister (who is a HUGE blogger) would be so proud of me. =)  I have incorporated many different technology resources in my classroom (too many for my own good). Some resources worked for me, some didn't. One of my favorite AR (augmented reality) apps to use is ZooKazam. I have used it obsessively for writing with my first grade students. I am currently using it to enhance my Language Arts lessons this summer. (because we all know Language Arts can always use a little hand) =P 
So lets talk Zookazam! Zookazam is an AR app that uses the most advanced algorithms to provide users with incredibly real content so in other words, it brings images to LIFE right before you eyes! ZooKazam offers a variety of different animals and makes them come to life. So here's how to use it:
  1. Download the Zookazam app from the app store or google play 
  2. Go to and print out a target page
  3. You can create an account or choose to SKIP for now, (I always choose SKIP because well..frankly...ain't nobody got time for dat!) lol but I will when I get to it =)
  4. So Zookazam offers "Mammal" for free, other categories such as fish, dinosaurs, invertebrates, etc are .99 each. Select Mammals icon for now
  5. Choose a mammal
  6. Point to the Zookazam target
  7. That's it!!! your image will come to life!
Follow ZooKazam to learn more:

In addition, this app will also provide information on whatever animal you choose and read the info to students. You can also change the weather and other factors for your animal. It's awesome! Check it out! I'd love to know what you think? How will you use it in your classroom? Or with your own children! nephews! cousins! anyone really! lol  My students really love this app. They are more engaged and attentive than ever! During writing!! thats crazy!! 


instragram: @zookazam
Twitter: @zookazam

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Teachers New to Blogging

We are excited to announce that we have a blog.  

We worked with Gabby from Gabby's Classroom and she did an amazing job creating a wonderful design for us.  We are having so much fun integrating technology into our teaching.  We are very excited to start sharing our experiences.